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19 Things From Dundee That Will Make You Say "Fuck, Why Don't We Have Those?"

People who claim Dundee is shit have clearly never had a Helicopter Burger.

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1. Potato vending machines.

Grewar Farm Shop run actual vending machines with tatties, eggs, and other home-grown delights inside. If that isn't the best idea since sliced potatoes, what is?
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Grewar Farm Shop run actual vending machines with tatties, eggs, and other home-grown delights inside. If that isn't the best idea since sliced potatoes, what is?

2. Milkshake Mondays at The Boozy Cow.

This amazing pub and restaurant is a true Dundee institution, not least because it sticks Magnums and booze into its milkshakes. Need.
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This amazing pub and restaurant is a true Dundee institution, not least because it sticks Magnums and booze into its milkshakes. Need.

3. Fisher and Donaldson.

Instagram: @fairfieldfoodies

This iconic, historic Dundee bakery chain makes lovely treats like this puff pastry chocolate tower the size of a baby's head. Get in my face.

4. Groucho's.

This record store has been open since the early 1980s, and it's so famous that the American ambassador to Scotland recently visited it, presumably to pick up some rare Proclaimers vinyl and a copy of Steps: Gold on CD for Donald Trump.
Twitter: @USAinScotland

This record store has been open since the early 1980s, and it's so famous that the American ambassador to Scotland recently visited it, presumably to pick up some rare Proclaimers vinyl and a copy of Steps: Gold on CD for Donald Trump.

5. The immortal helicopter burger from Clark's.

Clarks is a legendary 24-hour bakery that's open seven days a week, and dispenses essential post-pub delights like this insane combination: a delicious combination of burger, lorne sausage, bacon, fried egg, and chips in a bun. Omg.
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Clarks is a legendary 24-hour bakery that's open seven days a week, and dispenses essential post-pub delights like this insane combination: a delicious combination of burger, lorne sausage, bacon, fried egg, and chips in a bun. Omg.

6. University alpacas.

Some universities have therapy dogs, Dundee Uni just had to go one step further.
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Some universities have therapy dogs, Dundee Uni just had to go one step further.

7. And random dolphins in the river.

Instagram: @bilybrannan

They're basically as common as seagulls in Dundee*. Everywhere else in the UK and southern Europe? Not so much.

*Plus they don't shit everywhere. Bonus.

8. Fry-ups in a pie.

Dundee is the spiritual home of all things pie. But we call them pehs. Pehs taste much better than pies, especially when they're full of eggs and bacon.
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Dundee is the spiritual home of all things pie. But we call them pehs. Pehs taste much better than pies, especially when they're full of eggs and bacon.

9. The Tailend Chippy.

This epic chippy is one of the best in Scotland, if not the world. The fish portions are seriously huge, you'll be forgiven for thinking they deep-fried a dolphin.
The Tailend

This epic chippy is one of the best in Scotland, if not the world. The fish portions are seriously huge, you'll be forgiven for thinking they deep-fried a dolphin.

10. Mobile tea rooms.

Instagram: @artisanabakes

Artisana Bakes is like an ice cream van, but for scones and jam and tea and cakes. You can hire it for events, and it will show up and make your party fancy.

11. Two words: Dundee cake.

This delicacy was invented right here, and it's packed with dried fruit, cherries, and almonds. Who says Scottish people don't get their 5-a-day?
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This delicacy was invented right here, and it's packed with dried fruit, cherries, and almonds. Who says Scottish people don't get their 5-a-day?

12. Two other words: chip pizzas.

Best thing about being in Dundee after a night out

Why have pizza and chips when you could save time and eat a chip pizza? Magic.

13. Streets named after comic books.

The Beano and the Dandy are both published by D.C. Thomson Press in Dundee, hence this fun sign. New York should really rename itself Gotham City and rename their roads accordingly: "I live on the corner of Arkham and Batcave."
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The Beano and the Dandy are both published by D.C. Thomson Press in Dundee, hence this fun sign. New York should really rename itself Gotham City and rename their roads accordingly: "I live on the corner of Arkham and Batcave."

14. Whimsical statues.

There are the famous Dundee Penguins (above), a Desperate Dan statue that drunk students are always tripping over, a Lemmings statue to commemorate the fact that the original game was invented here too...it's more statue than city.
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There are the famous Dundee Penguins (above), a Desperate Dan statue that drunk students are always tripping over, a Lemmings statue to commemorate the fact that the original game was invented here too...it's more statue than city.

15. A unicorn in the city centre.

The HMS Unicorn is the last intact warship from the 1800s, and one of the six oldest ships in the world. It's also a gallery and event space, so if you want to have a party in an ancient boat probably haunted by long-dead sailors, you can.
Twitter: @FrigateUnicorn

The HMS Unicorn is the last intact warship from the 1800s, and one of the six oldest ships in the world. It's also a gallery and event space, so if you want to have a party in an ancient boat probably haunted by long-dead sailors, you can.

16. And a branch of the V&A museum.

Dundee's getting its very own branch of the V&A museum soon, on the waterfront, designed by famous architect Kengo Kuma. Where's your V&A museum, all other towns apart from London? Eh? OH YOU DON'T HAVE ONE HAHA.
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Dundee's getting its very own branch of the V&A museum soon, on the waterfront, designed by famous architect Kengo Kuma. Where's your V&A museum, all other towns apart from London? Eh? OH YOU DON'T HAVE ONE HAHA.

17. Extra AF marmalade.

Without Mackays, Dundee society would crumble. The firm were founded in 1938, and make their jams using traditional copper pans. They even do a marmalade with champagne in it, which is probably what Jay-Z has for breakfast.
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Without Mackays, Dundee society would crumble. The firm were founded in 1938, and make their jams using traditional copper pans. They even do a marmalade with champagne in it, which is probably what Jay-Z has for breakfast.

18. Views like this:

Instagram: @totem_visage

The Tay Bridge is pretty damn cool, when you think about it.

19. And finally, Dundonians themselves.

Friendly, honest, hilarious people who don't shy away from a good joke, and tell it exactly like it is? What's not to like? GIve us a call, we'll pop round with a peh.
Twitter: @punsnotpubs

Friendly, honest, hilarious people who don't shy away from a good joke, and tell it exactly like it is? What's not to like? GIve us a call, we'll pop round with a peh.